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    Eärendil's Sketchbook - Cast studies!

    My sketchbook.

    I'm so excited to see how much I can improve in the coming months, and it's great to share it with this community!

    So without further ado...
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    Here is a 60 minute sketch from CGS Daily Sketch. I like how the concept and values turned out. I don't like how horrible the terran looks. My reference was watching the Starcraft 2 trailer, and looking at how they assembled the dude Some areas the texture strokes just destroyed the forms.

    Painted in PS CS2 w/Wacom Intuos 2.

    OLDER SELF EDIT: Yeah and it just looks like CRAP!
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    I like the starcraft sketch a lot, good stuff for 60 minutes. Besides that I would just say keep up the excercises(haven't done any Ron Lemen ones) and keep updating.

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    lol man i remember doing those shape shadings in grade 9...smuuuuuuuuudge....and then the teacher told us not to n we were like...f-u haha. i like the starcraft...i can't draw landscapes very well so respec7

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    Omg

    So, I just started Riven Phoenix's series on drawing the human figure. "The Structure of Man". Someone complained that it was too technical, but I'm loving it so far.

    I've always had trouble with proportions, so I've usually avoided drawing people because they look so disfigured when I draw them. However, using math, ratios, and "constructions" from this program, I'm already seeing a huge difference.

    What's going to make this even better is this Gottfried Bammes "Artist's Guide to Human Anatomy". MMmm, tasty!

    So here's the latest batch! Er...the last one I got kind of lazy. I think it's evident I can't render hair very quickly.

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    Hey You're right to start with studying anatomy. Understanding the aforementioned ratios and the construction of the human body will greatly improve your drawings. It's one thing to just copy shapes, but as alot of other people have said you should aim to understand what it is that you're drawing.
    Try to thing in 3D shapes instead of 2D. For example- when trying to draw a skull or a face don't start with a flat oval, but think of a 3D ovoid shape. Imagine spheres instead of circles and cubes instead of squares. Then try to understand how the lines wrap around their surface. So don't just draw straight lines like you did with the collar on your last drawing but think how they wrap around the object you're drawing them on. Think of the neck as a cylinder and of the collar as a section of that cylinder, not just a 2D rectangle shape.

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    Thanks! Got to remember...3d masses/shapes! O.o Again, I can hardly wait to crack open an actual anatomy book because right now I only know maybe...3 muscles. The rest is

    And because I love this smiley so much, I'm putting it in right...here.

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    Another update with the next few lessons...I not going further until I fully understand these constructions. Also, while it's fun to go further from construction and actually try and add skin/muscle, anatomy knowledge helps.

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    And the first gesture drawings evar! I hope to one day look back and laUGh at these...LAUGH...with...with MIRTH!

    Actually, it's kind of cool because even over a few days...I think I'm getting it, but I'm going to keep consulting the book.
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    I'm diggin' your gestures, Earendil

    Why are they so dark, though?

    Keep drawing!!!!
    Look, see! Nifty art! http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=99803

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    My strokes have been pretty light so, I usually up the contrast so you can actually see the lines. I may start using something softer than HB.

    More gestures! More anatomy! O.o Maybe a more complex shape arrangement with single light source...

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    And a 1 hour study...Using...more than one pencil! HB and 6B soft! We're moving up in the world!

    This jug was a challenge! Soft edges made it hard for me perspectively...It was lit during sunset, had a neutral grey tone, and it was plastic, which made the definition of the forms tricky, and surface lighting was crazy. So many subtle indentations etc because the whole thing is soft-edged, and lit on both sides by a primary source (sunset), and secondary reflection from the porch and house.

    That being said, I've never been more relaxed in my life! I was so into it, both my legs fell asleep and I nearly died when the blood flow returned.

    In short: This is fun!

    EDIT: That ground shadow was added after the fact, and ...blech.
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    My computer mouse. Really happy with how the values ended up relating to each other. If anybody notices anything that doesn't look right, let me know. I was trying to capture every little thing.
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    It already seems that it you've improved through this book- keep studying anatomy!

    Those skulls look great compared to some of your earlier faces. Perhaps drawing skulls means the left-brain doesn't get in the way. Try "fleshing" one of them out and seeing how it ends up.

    The gestures are nice- (they're something I really struggle with). - I don't think I've ever done lines like that without resisting the temptation to "scribble-shade".

    Oh, do some more Painter stuff.

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    Thanks Data! I realized after watching Vilppu, that I probably should try gestures with fewer contour lines. "Feeel the shoulder pulling down..."

    Here's my pre-requisite drawing for Betty Edward's "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain". 2 hours staring at my left hand. Sooo many tones O.o Skin tone vs, shading vs....EE! I still need to do a self-portrait, a memory portrait, and something else, I forget.

    Oh, and that little blotch near the thumb knuckle, is what happens when you blow on your sketchbook and accidentally let fly a little spittle. TMI? You bet!
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